You should know that the Hon. Carmen Arroyo, the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the New York State Assembly, was re-elected obtaining the majority of the votes. However, she will not be able to return to the Assembly due to the regulations of the New York Board of Elections and the law.
You should also know that during the last Democratic primaries, held on Tuesday June 23rd, Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo obtained a total of 4,354 votes, that’s a 65% of the overall total. Her challenger Amanda Septimo obtained a mere 2,290 votes, a total of 34%.
As you can see, Carmen Arroyo won re-election with double the amount of votes as Amanda Septimo. Yet, surprisingly, the obvious loser of this election, Amanda Septimo, will be representing the residents of Assembly District # 84 in the county of the Bronx, inspite of the fact, that Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo was obviously elected by the people of said district. This is scandalous, and not representative of a government “For the people, By the people”. The people chose their elected representative, but the people’s rights, and voices are being silenced.
This is a direct result of the gross errors committed by The N.Y. Board of Elections. The Board of Elections is forfeiting the election results because they had eliminated Assemblywoman Arroyo due to a technical error made by Arroyo’s campaign when submitting her petitions. What was this grave error you might ask? They accuse Arroyo of submitting petitions with the wrong date on which the signatures were collected as a result she was disqualified as a candidate.
Therefore, the Board of Elections should have removed her name from appearing on the ballots on the day of the elections. But life has a way of handing out surprises!!! The same Board of Elections that disqualified Assemblywoman Arroyo’s candidacy and eliminated her from running for re-election mistakenly failed to remove her name from the ballots. On election day when the voters, completely unaware of the technicality, went to the polls and surprise, surprise they found their candidate of choice and voted for her in larger numbers over her challenger Ms. Amanda Septimo.
The voters of Assembly District # 84, went out and exercised their right to vote as American Citizens, living in liberty, and Democracy and overwhelmingly voted for the person they want representing them. Again, Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo won! She did so with 4,354 votes while Amanda Septimo lost acquiring a mere 2,290 votes. On this occasion the vote of the people is being ignored, and they have been disenfranchised, and all for a gross technicality and an error committed by the Board of Elections and not the voters of the 84th AD.
It is extremely important that you be reminded how often we have heard from those people who pound their chests, and declare that the will of the people, the voter, must be respected at all times, and how every vote must be counted. It now appears that this sentiment only applies to some, when it’s convenient for the powers that be.
The voters of the 84th Assembly District in Bronx county, having been disenfranchised and silenced, are now forced to be represented by an individual they don’t know and did not vote for. As for their elected Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, the first Puerto Rican Woman elected to the NYS Assembly, who they do know well, is forced to move on.
I am Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz and this what you should know.